Thursday, August 3, 2017

Go ye into the world...

(Preparing for Bible Study)
The Lord our God has given us a very simple commandment; love God, and love one another. Although it would seem that these simple guidelines are easy to adhere to, in this current environment of terror and fear, this fallen world, it appears that love is nowhere to be found. But, and there is always a but, this could not be further from the truth, all one must do is take a look around, and you will see love abounds amongst us all...

As a young man, I fought a battle within myself, a battle that would determine if I would serve the Lord, or live for the devil; embarrassingly, for many years, I chose to live for the devil, until I came to myself, and gave my life to God. Unfortunately, it wasn't long after I had dived head first into the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ that I was attacked by minions of evil. My health had begun to decline, and depression set in, But God; yes, God came through, and I was healed, and from that point I decided that I was going to reach the entire world with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ...

Now, this brings us to where we are now, in my efforts to reach the world with the Gospel, I have
(Baptism Ceremony)
come across a few barriers; however, these barriers have been easily overcome by the Power of the Holy Ghost, modern technology, and good old fashioned determination... But, yes; there is always a but, there is one barrier that has been a little more difficult to overcome, and that is the language barrier.

Currently, we are working with a group of new converts who cannot currently read the english language; therefore, it is necessary for us to provide these wonderful men, women, and children of God with a Bible that they can read, study, and enjoy on a regular basis, and that language is Urdu.
Urdu has been described to me as the most beautiful language in the world, and it is primarily spoken in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and portions of India, and it is the language of a group of people whom I love.

Although these individuals are miles away from my home here in Austin, TX, USA, they are my neighbors, they are your neighbors, and it is our duty to help them grow closer to God, as they grow closer to us all within the family and the body of Christ...
(Returning from Baptism Ceremony)

So, I am asking you to please join with me in reaching these wonderful people with the Gospel by purchasing a Bible for the low, low, extra low, price of only $6.00 each, that is it, and as the Bible teaches us, whoever converts the lost from the error of their ways shall save a soul from death and sin... (James 5:20)

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Independence

Independence…

(Austin, TX)
The sun rises in the East and sets in the West; and as we all know, after every storm appears God’s promise, the rainbow. All men are born of a woman, and eventually all men will die just as every promise found in God's Word truly does comes to pass. In this hour, we have reached the time, as prophesied, when many people have turned away from the Faith; instead, they stand by foolishly seeking their own pleasures. Currently, there are signs all around us; however, these are not the signs of impending doom as some may say, rather they are the Joyous signs of the return of Jesus Christ our Lord. Now, why in such a time as this, when wars, rumors of wars, and misses are flying all around us would an individual choose to leave the church of truth in search of false doctrines that are only pleasing to the ear yet hurtful to the soul? More frightening than that, many have chosen to leave God altogether.

I Timothy 4:1-2,6,9-12,14-16
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron...

(Bishop Kenneth Phillips)
Today, the Ministers of the Lord are charged with delivering the very important truths of this hour contained within the pages of the Holy Scriptures; although, they are very simply displayed, these truths somehow seem difficult for many of us to grasp. So, what are these so called truths, and why can we not understand them? Well, the Bible tells us that there will be some, who by way of there on choices, do not wish to turn from their wicked ways, while others still shall be blinded by their own greed and selfishness. No matter the reasons, it is of the utmost importance that some attempt be made to share with the world, these basic realities as follows: One, there is indeed an evil one, and he is called by many names, Satan, Lucifer, beelzebub, and the devil, just to name a few. Two, he is indeed a strong man, and the prince of this world. Finally, we must understand that his filled with jealousy and hatred, his only job and desire is to steal, kill, and destroy the children of the Most High God; thereby, forcing them to face his own fate, an eternity separated from our Holy God, tormented in the fiery pits of hell.

(Holy Bible)
Brothers, sisters, men, women, and, children, please remember to test all things against the Word of God, read it for yourself, pray and ask God to give you clarity, and if what is being spoken or presented to you doesn't align itself with the Word of God, flee from it quickly so as to prevent yourself from falling. Study the word of God so that you will be proficient, both in understanding, and presentation so that you, nor your loved ones, will become victim of the evil one and his henchmen.

I Timothy 4:6
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained...

Presently, our churches and Christian organizations are being listed amongst the ranks of the terrorist,
(Mario Murillo)
our children are being instructed that they cannot pray for one another at school or before meals, our ministers and clergy members have been told that they must not to use the name of Jesus during their services and prayers. Not since the days of roman persecution have the men and women of God experienced such open reproach and resentment. The Word of God prophesied that this day would come; therefore, it should be of no surprise. Today, it is more important that ever that we, the men and women of God, be shining examples for our children and others to see. As Christians and parents, we should allow children and new believers to see us worship God openly, they should hear us pray aloud, so that we can be an examples, showing them how to stand firm on God's word, not with frustration, but with purity, love, and a kind and grateful spirit. By doing this, we can encourage them to stay true to the Word of God in this age of peer pressure and immorality.

I Timothy 4:9-12
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. These things command and teach. Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity (love), in spirit, in faith, in purity...

(Gifts from God)
Finally ladies and gentleman, I would like to encourage you to use the gifts God has given you, whether they be physical gifts, such as athleticism, strength, singing, dancing, etc, or spiritual gifts, such as healing, tongues and interpretation, miracles, or any of the others. By using the gifts God has given us, we become examples for those around us to see; prayerfully, when they see us, they begin to see Christ Jesus Himself. As many of you can attest, it is when they begin to see and experience Christ Jesus, that the Holy Spirit will begin to move on them and on the inside of them, and where the Spirit of God is, there is Liberty, Freedom, and Salvation!

I Timothy 4:14-16
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee...

As we continue to celebrate this season of Independence here in the United States of America, let us continue to celebrate Jesus, let us continue to celebrate Liberty, and let us be a shining example for all the world to see, so that when they see us, they see the Goodness of God and the Salvation Power that can only be found within our Glorious God... Amen... God Bless...

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Monday, January 16, 2017

MLK Day... 2017

Martin Luthor King JR.
Growing up as a kid, I honestly had no idea that there was a "difference" between myself and any of the other kids I went to school with... Black, Hispanic, Caucasian, Asian, or otherwise. As a child, I was raised to believe that there was no difference at all, actually, it was not until middle school, after a kid called me the "n" word, that my mother explained to me that there indeed was a perceived difference, and that there were individuals who considered other people as lower or inferior...

As I think about what today stands for, Martin Luther King Day, I think back to the beginning of time itself... In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... The Word became Flesh and walked amongst us...

In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth, and the Earth was without form and void... In the beginning, God made man in His own image, He created them male and female... and that is it, one mankind, one human race, and in the eyes of the Lord, we are all equal... In His eyes, we are all one, individual parts of a single body...

Today, I declare to you that we are one, you and I, me and you, two individual parts of the same pie, two children of the most high God, this is what I think about today... God Bless...

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Problems Part 2... Problems of Life



(How We All Feel Right Now)
Problems, problems, and then more problems; to be completely honest, we all have them… Some big, a few small, and several in between; however, we all that one or two really big issue that seems simply too much to bear. But why is this? Is it the enemy? Is it just a part of our life here on earth? 

And the questions just keep on coming…

For example, why is it that we worry about these problems and situations so darn much? Really; what has happened to our faith? Do we no longer have faith in God or in ourselves, that we have allowed the problems of this world to overcome us? How is it that, we have allowed these issues to outshine, and overshadow our God, how could this be? In our meager existence here on earth, it seems that we have somehow forgotten the Lord our God who brought us out of Egypt, regulating Him to a place in our lives of little to no importance and allowing our worries to take His place in our lives. This simply should not be, for as the Word tells us, from within our hearts, the mouth speaks, (Mat. 12:34) and by speaking of our worries and stress, more than of the Lord our God, we replace Him, which is truly a form of idolatry… making the issues of this world our idols, and the result of this is that souls may be forced to pay the price; eternal separation from the Lord Jesus Christ…

(Worrying Steals our Rest)

So, let’s talk about these “problems” and “worries” that have caused us so much grief; hence forth, we shall refer to them as Egypt, for as we know, Egypt was once a place of bondage, torture and the enslavement of God’s people. Egypt was a place in which the children of God were nothing more than tools, often abused, forced into hard labor, and forced to work to the very precipice of death’s door. Before we can proceed, we must first understand that for each and every one of us, Egypt looks different. For some, Egypt may be a lack of employment, yet for others, Egypt may be financial difficulties, and still for others it may be alcohol or drug abuse. For some individuals, Egypt can be many terrible situations, all rolled up into one; however, in reality, Egypt is nothing more than a mindset, an idea, or set of ideas that work to keep us as individuals, trapped, forcing the individual to act in ways not pleasing to God. 
Over the many thousands of years that Egypt has been a nation, she has been conquered, she has been infiltrated by her enemies, and she has even faced civil war, and although she remains a great nation even until this day, the face of the nation of Egypt has been changed, and just has the nation of Egypt has been molded and transformed throughout the years, the Egypt in our own lives shall evolve, change, multiply, and fall.
(Pack Up and Leave Egypt Behind)


At one point in my own life, I faced my own Egypt, and she was huge… filled with profanity and violence, not the kind you find on television shows and in the movies, but the real deal five to life in prison stuff, the types of story that you read about but you just couldn't imagine anyone acting that way stuff, and I felt as though I was trapped, in a lifestyle in which there are usually only two ways out, death or incarceration. After repeated conversations with my mom, my dad, and a good friend by the name of Tom, I decided to try this Jesus thing out, and so I asked God to reveal Himself to me... I prayed to the Lord and said, "God if you are real, and if you care about me like they said, show Yourself to me, act on my behalf, remove me from the terrible situation I have found myself in, free me from the Egyptian slave masters,” and He did, it was not quick, nor was it easy, but it was truly wonderful…

Matthew 9:29,30
Then touched He their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened...

(Some Days, We Just Want to Explode)
You see, in that moment, I asked Christ Jesus to remove the scales from my eyes: I asked Him to allow me to see the signs and the evidence that He truly cared; and you know what, He did just that. When Jesus revealed Himself to me, and when I could finally see the truth, it became so obvious to me that I had been living a lie, and for the first time in my life, I began to Glorify God and Praise Him, for who He was, and not for show… For so many of us, we go through the motions, or we do it because that is what we’ve always done, not knowing who God is personally, nor why we praise Him at all. Unfortunately; for so many of us today, the reality is that we do not really want to have a relationship with God, why? Simply stated, we do not wish to submit to God’s authority over our lives, nor do we wish to give Him any of our precious time… we only want our eyes to be opened just enough to see our way around Egypt while not seeing the source of the Light by which we see. Sadly, we don't even really want to leave Egypt, when asked, we say that we do, but just as many of the Israelites wished to return to the “safety and security” of provided by the Pharaoh and his bench men, we also choose not to follow God, preferring the easiness of this world over the narrow path that leads to God… We instead make our own god, and by doing so, we unwittingly make the prince of Egypt, the prince of this world, our God, turning ourselves over to the dark side, the darkness, and the one by whom the scales had been placed over our eyes to begin with… How sad…


(Jesus will Come to You)
So, finally, we have arrived here at the end of our short journey together, and before I go, I’d like to share with you the fact that I’m speaking to some of you today who for one reason or another just can't seem to “get it together.” I am speaking to those who are fighting “the battle of the flesh” daily, and I am speaking to those who are not really sure what’s going on, but you know “that something has got to change.” I am speaking to you today so that you know that God is real, and if you ask Him to reveal Himself to you, He will do it. Now, this is really easy to do, just talk to the Lord, and share with Him the reason that you've come to seeking Him… For example: “Dear Lord, I have come to you today because I need a healing, and I would like for you to heal me today, in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen” or perhaps you need the chains of this world to be broken off, because instead of honoring God and following after Jesus Christ, you run right to Egypt… Really and truly, it does not matter what the need is, just give it to the Lord, pray to Him and ask Him to remove that thing from your life, ask Him to show you that He is real, and ask Him to be your guide, and I can assure you that just as God did it for me He will do it for you…



Please, do not be afraid and do not put this off until another day, because one day, we may find that the gates of Egypt have become the gates of hell, and the way back is no where to be found… This, my friend, is real life, and we only have this one chance to get it right... So be careful, choose life, and choose CHRIST... God Bless... Amen

Saturday, July 30, 2016

the Restorer

(Restoration of an Antique Watch)
The word Restore, Restoration, Restorer, or any other form of the word Restore is found in the Bible at least 83 times, but what does this all me? However, before we can determine the meaning of this, we must know the meaning of the word restoration. According to the very intelligent individuals at Dictionary.com the word restoration simply means the act of restoring; renewal, revival, or reestablishment. The state or fact of being restored, and finally a return of something to a former, original, normal, or unimpaired condition... Now, wouldn't we all like a little piece of restoration in our lives... Now, let's see what the Bible has to say about restoration...


Proverbs 6:31 states that we are to be restored sevenfold...
Psalms 23:3 David tells us that God restoreth his soul...
Mark 8:25 Jesus restored sight to the blind man...
Luke 6:10 Jesus restored the hand of the cripple man...

The accounts of God’s ability to restore what has been lost are too numerous to count; however, we cannot discuss restoration without mentioning God’s promise in the Old Testament Book of Joel...

Joel 2:21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things...
Joel 2:24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil...
Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you...

(the enemy)
So, what does this all mean anyway? Great question, and here's the answer, God wants to return to you, everything that the evil one, aka. the devil, has stolen from you, your family, your loved ones and even their families. As we all know, Christ Jesus has all the power of the heavens above, the pits below, and the right here, and right now... The Lord can restore to you, all that has been lost or stolen, so there is no reason to fear. Our bad or past relationships, any old sin, or any number of mistakes will not stop us from reaching the promises of God, which he has given to each and everyone of us... Well, except you, me, and ourselves... Whatever the enemy has stolen from us, is still available to us, but you've got to go get  it, claim it for yourself... But in order to reclaim it, you have to call upon the Name of the Lord, for He is our Strength, our Song, and our Redeemer... So, what's the first step? first, you must believe...

As we know, according to the Word, Belief always comes before reward, John 3:16 For God so Loved the world that He gave us Jesus Christ, and whosoever Believes, shall receive life everlasting, and if we skip over to Hebrews, we will find that if we fail to have Faith, Belief, it is impossible to please God, for we must believe that God is, and that He is a rewarder to those who seek after Him... Repentance comes next, as Peter stated with much energy and excitement, Repent and be Baptized, everyone of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of our sins... After this, we shall receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost... But, there is one step missing here, it is forgiveness. Now, you may be under the assumption that I am going to now mention the forgiveness of others, and yes, this is a very important step; however, here, it is the forgiveness of self that is the question...


In this day and hour, it is sometimes very easy to see the need to forgive others of their mishaps; yet, we seldom see the need to forgive ourselves, and even when we do, it is very difficult to forgive ourselves, instead we simply move forward,selfishly holding on to our “misgivings” as if God is not big enough to both forgive our sins, and cast them as far as the east is from the west, permanently removing the mistake forever from our memory. 

(Jesus Writing in the Sand)
In John chapter 8, the Lord Jesus Christ has been confronted by a group of  Scribes and Pharisees, condemning a woman for the act of adultery, when the group asked Christ what should be done, He began to write in the dirt  while speaking, “He that is without sin, cast the first stone;” slowly, they all walked away, leaving Jesus alone with the young lady. Shortly thereafter, Jesus arose slowly and asked the young lady, “where are your accusers has no one condemned you?” Answering Jesus‘ question, she stated, “No man my Lord,” and here is where it gets good, “neither do I condemn you: go, and sin no more.” So, what does this all mean? well, simply put do not condemn yourselves for the things that you have already been forgiven for... forgive yourself, let it go, and move on... Once we learn to forget about what God has already forgiven us for, then, and only then are we ready to regain, what was taken from us in the first place; why? because we have taken the ammunition out of the hands of lucifer; thereby regaining control of our lives, and allowing the Restorer, to begin to work in our lives... Restoration...

I Samuel 12:16 
Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the Lord will do before your eyes...





Friday, June 10, 2016

Fire and Power...

(Myself & Bishop Phillips)
The last few services at the PromiseLand have been phenomenal; Bishop Phillips has been bringing the word of God, and breaking it down, verse by verse, word by word... Prophecy, Power, the Holy Ghost, and Fire... the presence of God has surely been there, in each and every service, and just like on the Day of Pentecost 2000 years ago, the Holy Ghost came down like a Mighty and Rushing Wind...

Now, I know that some of you may not know or understand exactly what I am referring to when I speak of Holy Ghost Power and Fire: and so I'll give to you a very brief explanation of what, or rather who the Holy Ghost is...

As we all already know, Jesus Christ was crucified on Good Friday, after being betrayed by Judas Iscariot, one of the organization twelve disciples. Three days later, after descending into hell, and stripping the keys of hell and death from lucifer himself, Jesus the Nazarene would rise again! For forty days after the resurrection, Jesus would show Himself many times to His disciples; walking along the dusty roads just days after His burial, cooking breakfast on the beach, and passing through walls of solid stone before He finally ascended into Heaven. Before beginning His final ascension into the heavenly places, Jesus would have one final meeting with His disciples, in which He ordered them to return to the upper room and tarry there until the promise of the Comforter, that is the Holy Spirit, would become a reality...

Ten days after Christ's ascension into heaven, Mary, the mother of Jesus, along with Mary Magdalene, the brothers of Jesus, the Apostles and many others totaling one-hundred and twenty, where praying when a mighty and rushing wind came down from Heaven, and each and everyone of the 120 individuals present there in the upper room that day received the gift of the Holy Ghost... That same Spirit that raised Christ Jesus from the grave filled everyone in that place that night, and that same Power is available to you and I today just as the Apostle Peter describes below...

(The Holy Ghost)
Acts 2:14-21
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved...

So, what do we do now? Ask yourself, do I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died for me? Yes! Now, What's the next step? Well, according to Acts 2:38,  we must Repent of our sin, then we are to be Baptized in the Name of Jesus for the remission of our sins, and finally, we become eligible for the promise of Joel chapter two, that the Spirit will be poured out upon all flesh, and that that same Holy Ghost Power will rain down on you... Yes! It's free, it's Grace, it's Salvation, Liberty, Freedom, and it's all freely given to those who Believe... Thank you Jesus for your Holy Spirit... Amen...

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Problems...

(PROBLEMS)
(Completely Frustrated)
Problems, problems, and more problems, we all have them; although, it may seem that some are BIGGER than others, as humans, we all have our own share of them. So, what do we do when faced with these problems and situations that sometime arise in our lives? Do we face them head on, do we set them aside until tomorrow, or do we simply just  away cower in fear? For some, it is the first answer, for others it is the second, for others it is the third, and for so many others, it could be something completely different. Now, if there are multiple responses for the simple situations that arrive, what are we to do when faced with those larger than life problems, you know, those situations that, for many seem to be completely unbearable? Do we pass them on to the next individual, or do we just give up all together? To answer these questions we must first take a look at the Israelites, who at the time, were in captivity, slaves to the Pharaohs of Egypt, and their mighty armies. 

(Moses Splits the Red Sea)
For more than four hundred years, the children of Israel were in the lands of the Egyptians; while initially they were there as guest of Joseph, a child of the Israelites, yet a man and servant of Egypt, but as time passed they would become both slaves and prisoners. As time passed, the children of Israel would begin to cry out for God, and as they did they would soon find out that their God would not only listen, but He would answer, sending Moses, another child of both Israel and Egypt, to set His people free. Although it was definitely not the desire of the Pharaoh to allow the people of Israel, his prisoners and slaves, to simply escape out of his hands, the mighty hand of God moved in favor of the Israelites, first in the form of plagues, and then in the form of total destruction, washing away the chariots and soldiers of Egypt in the calamity of the Red Sea, following the final escape of the Israelites.

(The Chains That Bind)
Now, back to those pesky problems of ours, it seems that we, in our haste to lead our daily fast paced lives, have forgotten the Lord our God who has more than enough Power to bring us out of our own personal Egypt. Now, it is important to understand that we each have an Egypt, that place, that problem, or that circumstance that has held us captive at one time or another, and as we know, everyone's Egypt is different. For some, the Egypt they’re facing may be alcoholism, while for others it may be divorce, unemployment, or a plethora of other captivators; however, for myself, my captivator was a life of gangs and violence. You see, it appeared, to me anyway, that I was trapped in a lifestyle that generally had only two ways, death or incarceration. After several conversations, and what honestly felt like consistent badgering from my parents and friends, I decided to investigate this “God thing” for myself, and so I prayed to the Lord; speaking, "God if you are real, and if you truly care for us on an individual level, them reveal yourself to me, and act on my behalf, relieve me from this uncomfortable and terrible situation," and guess what, the Lord our God would do just that.

Luke 18:40-43
...Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, He asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it , gave praise unto God...


(Jesus Saves)
You see, in the moment that I prayed that prayer, when I asked Jesus to relieve me of the pain I was feeling, God removed the scales from my eyes, and allowed me to see Him for who He truly was. God answered the prayers of His son; yes, I am the son of God, and you are His child as well, and when I could finally see the truth, thats when I began to realize that I had been living a total and complete lie. You see, the job of the enemy is to steal, your joy, to kill your dreams, and to destroy your life, and that is why the enemy consistently launches these problems, situations, and other distractions into our lives, in order to keep us from living the life that the Lord had intended for us to live. As I stated before, I began to Glorify God and Praise Him, thanking Him for giving me liberty, for setting me free, and for removing the chains that had held me captive for far too long. 


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